Reigning NRL premiers North Queensland lived up to the hype to thrash the Newcastle Knights in their opening game of the 2016 Downer NRL Auckland Nines.
Tariq Sims is hungry for his first taste of Nines football since winning the inaugural tournament with the North Queensland Cowboys.
Player accountability will prove the difference for Newcastle's young squad in 2016 according to club legend and assistant coach Danny Buderus.
Eels forward Pauli Pauli has been granted a release from Parramatta to take up a two-year deal with the Newcastle Knights.
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The Knights have named three sets of brothers in their squad to travel to the Downer NRL Auckland Nines on February 6-7.
He may only be 24, but Korbin Sims is ready to take on a leadership role at the Newcastle Knights in 2016.
Last year's wooden spooners have struggled to provide many Fantasy bargains in recent seasons but a couple of back-row vacancies could change that.
Newcastle second-rower Tariq Sims won't play until round six as he serves a five-game NRL ban for a shoulder charge from the final game of 2015.
Newcastle veteran Jarrod Mullen says the acquisition of Trent Hodkinson will help lessen the burden of running the NRL team.